The clinic offers students an interdisciplinary program that combines planning, economic and legal tools to improve disadvantaged communities in Tel-Aviv – Jaffa in the field of housing. The clinic gives students an opportunity to examine real life situations, and address them with tools that have been taught in classrooms. Accompanied by a professional staff, students learn to assist communities according to the housing needs that surface in field work.
The work involves helping tenants organize themselves, present themselves in court or deal with municipal authorities. By way of enabling disadvantaged residents deal with mostly professionalized jargon and interworking of the housing field, students learn what it means to be immersed in the community.
As a professional organization in the field of human rights and planning in Israel, Bimkom is often invited to work in partnership with other organizations that work in the fields of community development, social change, environmental and civil rights. In the framework of such partnerships, Binkom brings their specific planning expertise to bear in projects of common interest. Bimkom's key objectives are: 1. To advance the implementation of planning rights at all levels of the decision-making process. 2. To strengthen community involvement in the planning process by empowering local communities and to develop solutions that reflect their needs and preferences. 3. To stimulate professional and public discourse with regard to planning rights and social aspects of planning, and thus help bring about change in this field.
The Mixed Cities Project was established in 2003 at the initiative of Shatil, the New Israel Fund’s Empowerment and Training Center for Social Change Organizations, with the support of the European Commission. The Project operates in the mixed cities of Lod, Ramle and Acre, fighting to promote equality in housing, infrastructure and planning and for the advancement of social justice. The Mixed Cities Project advocates for the housing and land needs of Arab residents of the mixed cities, prepares alternative urban plans, and trains and mobilizes residents to take action on their own behalf.
The Coalition for affordable housing in Israel is a civic society organisation, formed by several NGOs in an attempt to effect national policy in the field of housing.